PSA announces Mardi Gras plans for 2018


Sydney Mardi Gras float. Source: jezarnold, Flickr

Under the banner “Pharmacists for equality”, the PSA says it hopes pharmacists are recognised as an important part of an equitable healthcare system

The pharmacist membership organisation announced on social media on Monday that it plans to be involved in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras next year.

It will be the event’s 40th anniversary year, with the parade and after party to be held on Saturday 3 March 2018.

“PSA is committed to ensuring that equality is achieved, and that pharmacists are recognised as an important part of an accessible and equitable healthcare system,” it says in a Facebook post.

“PSA is proud to announce their planned involvement in the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras in 2018. An organising committee will be convened in the coming weeks to coordinate the development, design and implementation of this initiative.

“PSA will auspice and coordinate a float on behalf of the profession, with the theme ‘Pharmacists for equality’.

“An invitation to submit Expressions of Interest to join the organising committee will be released through social media in the coming weeks.”

The social media announcement. Source: PSA, Facebook.

The announcement has already garnered comments from pharmacists on both ends of the spectrum.

“Yasss! I don’t know why we haven’t been involved in previous years. The doctors, dentist and nurses have been involved for many years. Time for pharmacist to represent,” says one commenter.

“How does participating in the Mardi Gras ensure an equitable healthcare system? … The PSA should continue its great advocacy for the profession in matters of a truly professional nature such as remuneration, CPD and education and leave the Mardi Gras for those who wish to participate on a personal level,” says a pharmacist on the AJP Forum.

“I say go for it but make sure the white coats are lycra and have lots of sparkle and bling. Seriously….. a non issue when there are more serious things to consider in pharmacy today. I like the idea,” responds another.

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